How can we protect our (crushed stone) driveway at the end of a narrow street from damage from trucks using it as a turnaround?
Our crushed stone driveway has been a source of difficulty twice previously
. So far, we've managed to do well on these things, and we like the crushed-stone. (Large gravel for those who are unfamiliar). We have another problem, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions we hadn't considered.
Our house is at the end of a narrow street with ~20 houses on it. Unfortunately, this means that nearly every truck (generally 5-10 per week; it's delivery trucks, garbage trucks, contractors with heavy equipment, etc.) uses our driveway to turn around. I wouldn't mind as much if it didn't rip our driveway to shreds. We're about to add more stone (it erodes away over time), but we'd rather not have it look like crap again in a week.
What options do we have to prevent trucks from using our driveway as a turnaround? Several of our neighbors have ashphalt driveways which would work fine as an alternative, but ours is nice and wide and and therefore very attractive to trucks.
We'd like a solution which is visually pleasing and (ideally) not unfriendly; we'd rather not gate our driveway, for example. Something which allows a normal car to pass without having to remove a chain or post would be nice if possible. There is, of course, a preference for reasonable cost, but feel free to throw out suggestions that might seem a bit out there...